Pooni Evans

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MBACP ( couns/ psy) Adv Dip Adult & young people/ B-ed Hons
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Exeter EX1 & Bexleyheath DA7
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

 As an Integrative therapist I aim to support you when life’s demands feel overwhelming. You or your young person may be feeling  anxious or  depressed and unable to cope.

Counselling can give you a non- judgmental, confidential and space to address the issues you are facing. It can provide a way to be heard and understood. 

Both big and small life events can destabilise us. Grief, relationships, parenting, family, problems at or work, school and home can all contribute to challenge our resilience and self confidence. 

Perhaps you feel unable to cope and would like support to manage your life better and feel more at ease. Counselling can support you to understand your life more fully and help you to find  ways to navigate your issues safely. 

In our sessions together - I aim to support you through whatever issues or struggles you are facing within a mindful, safe and relaxed space.

You may need the time and space to talk about your life, feel heard and understood. You may need to explore areas of confusion or uncertainty in different ways in order to develop clarity, strategies and clear thinking. Or perhaps you want time to process difficult experiences in order to heal and begin to expand your self awareness and grow your life towards a more hopeful future.

I will help you find a calm space in which you can reconnect with yourself in a positive, compassionate and empowering way.

I work in a collaborative way with my clients and support them to find their own solutions. I belief the client is the expert of their life and support my clients in a respectful and compassionate way. 

Your emotional, psychological, and social well-being is important. It affects how you think, feel, and act on a daily level. It also helps determine how you handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood. If yours feels out of balance please get in touch.

I offer the following sessions to suit you and your needs.

  • 50 minute session for £50
  • Fridays reduce rate face to face Exeter £40 
  • Concessions available 

To further support your journey with me as an Integrative Therapist I am trained in a variety of supportive interventions that can be blended together to suit your needs. 
This includes 

  • Narrative therapy can help you to look at your past experiences in different ways.
  • Attachment theory can help you to understand how you relate to others. Eg You might find it hard to trust people.
  • Transactional analysis- helps you to have better conversations with yourself and other.
  • Creative techniques like using clay or paint might help you to see hidden parts of yourself.
  • Mindfulness can support you to ground yourself when things are a bit full on. 
  • CBT can support to think about the thoughts you have about yourself.
  • Self care - understand what self - care looks like for you to create a personalised self care kit.
    Eg We might talk about what music you listen to, 
  • Psychological education. I share the basics of psychology- what impact stress has on us and what we can do to to help ourselves in difficult times.

My style of therapy use the philosophies of: 

  • Person centred- you are the expert of your life And have control.
  • Humanistic- we are equals and will  work together.
  • Pluralistic- assumption that different clients are likely to benefit from different therapeutic methods at different points in time.

I follow the Bacp ethical guidelines. Which includes:

  • I aim to support you respectfully and without judgement.
  • I do my best to use my skills to support you. If I don’t think I have the skills do this, I will be honest and refer you do someone that does. 
  • what you bring to our sessions is confidential.
  • I keep up to date with my training

Testimonial

'I've been attending counselling sessions with Pooni for almost 18 months. During this time my wellbeing has really improved. Pooni is not only a compassionate listener but she has also helped me to understand and accept myself, enhanced my ability to cope with challenges, and enabled me to communicate better with the people in my life.' Sam

My clients come from a range of background and with diverse needs, They may be suffering from Relationship issues, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, despair overwhelm, family,  health or school issues. Some wish to process a past traumatic events , some wish to gain an understanding of who they are and how they can move towards more balanced mental health.

I came into counselling from a background of teaching mental and physical health. My passion is to support people through difficulty and improve their lives.

If you want to arrange a discounted first exploratory session @ £20 for 30 minutes, please email or book an intro call to arrange it.

My website:

www.retreatcounselling.com 

“A retreat is not out escaping reality, but returning to ourselves.”

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Bacp).
  • B-Ed Hons /Art and Design.  I have 20 years of experience of working with children, parents and families. 
  • I have an Advanced diploma in Integrative counselling Adults, young people, Preteen and teenagers-  Level 4.   I am trained to use  a range of interventions.  This includes- CBT, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Narrative therapy, Attachment theory, Existential and creative therapies
  • I have had further training in Managing disclosure and safeguarding, Domestic violence and Anxiety in children and young people.
  • Training in Supporting emotional, mental and physical needs of children. 
  • Training in Creative techniques. When working with children. 
  • Ongoing training for couples counselling.

I believe that often there isn't just one therapeutic approach that can help a client in all situations. Every client I see is different and therefore a combination of interventions are used to enable a holistic approach.

Some of the areas I work in with success are: Anxiety including Social anxiety,  Depression and low mood,  Cultural issues, Money issues, Marriage and Relationship issues, Menopause, PTSD, Abuse, Racism, Trauma, Grief, Family  and Health issues

I provide Face to face counselling to Children over from 11years and adults and Online(Adult only) Therapy via zoom.  Concessions available so please do ask.

 To find out if we are right for each other please get in touch and we can arrange a discounted first session of exploration. This is priced at £20 for 30mins.

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

  • Online counselling/ face to face 
  • Flexible service Weekdays 8am-8pm, Saturdays 8am-12pm
  • Face to face session for  children over 11yrs and Adults- Devon, please enquire
  • £25 for 30 mins
  • £50 for 50 mins 
  • Drop in - for 30 or 50 mins depending on availability and your needs 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Weekdays 8am-8pm

Weekends -Saturday 8am-12pm

online or face to face, please enquire.

First Exploratory session half price/ half session.

Further information

Please contact me  for more information.

Exeter, Devon, EX1

Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Pooni Evans
Pooni Evans